By Greg Perkins
Playing in Flagstaff on a blustery Tuesday afternoon, the Roadrunners of Holbrook tried to dig themselves out of a four-run hole through the first two innings, but came up two runs short, falling 11-9.
The Eagles jumped out early with three first inning runs, then added a fourth in the second. Holbrook battled back to tie the score with a four-run third inning, but their momentum was cut short. Flagstaff scored five runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Following an additional Eagle run in the fourth, Holbrook mounted a challenge again in the fifth with three runs, then pulled within two runs in the top of the sixth. Flagstaff added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, then held the Roadrunners to just one run in the top of the seventh to win the game 11-9.
Flagstaff scored 11 runs on eight hits with four errors and left five on base. Holbrook had nine runs, also on eight hits, made five errors and left seven on base.
Gabe Gabaldon went 2 for 5 with an RBI and scored once. Trevor Barton was 1 for 2, got hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs. Cade Maestas went 1 for 4 with a triple, had three RBIs and scored once. Nick Robinson went 3 for 3 with a double, had two RBI and scored once. Michael O’Brien went 0 for 3, but drew a walk and scored once. Tristan Baldonado was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and scored once. Scottie Gishie scored twice in the loss.
On the hill, Baldonado worked 22/3 innings, facing 19 batters. He gave up nine runs, eight of them earned, on six hits with two strikeouts and walked five. Barton pitched 31/3 innings against 15 batters. He allowed two runs, only one earned, on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and no walks.
With the loss Holbrook drops to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in regular season games. On Saturday, March 26, the Roadrunners play at St. Johns, then on Monday, March 28, they host Wickenburg. On Saturday, April 2, they host Blue Ridge.
By Greg Perkins